QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS: Our teachers are qualified, competent Christian teachers who have expressed their love and concern for children. They have demonstrated their teaching effectiveness. All teachers ECE2-8th grade are degreed; most are certified and many have advanced degrees.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: Our faculty members use a variety of teaching methods and styles. They recognize that individuals have different learning styles. The most effective instruction and learning methods are selected, while taking into consideration the subjects and individuals being taught.
CURRICULUM MATERIALS: The learning materials used in our religion classes are published by our Lutheran publishing house and the Christian faith is integrated into all subject areas by the classroom teachers. Our accrediting institution approves the scope and sequence of the courses of study. Textbooks are selected on the basis of how well they serve the curriculum and meet the required goals and academic competencies as set by our faculty and School Ministry Board (SMB). The textbooks (curriculum) are reviewed by the staff and SMB on a six-year rotating basis. All materials are selected from national publishers and are Georgia State adopted.
EVALUATION MATERIALS: The academic progress of students is monitored in many ways. Teachers use daily assignments, portfolios, tests, and other classroom activities to assess students’ progress. These are used to determine grades placed on quarterly report cards. The purpose of this evaluation is to help students experience success, not to provide negative feedback.
In the fall, the Iowa Assessment (formerly ITBS) tests are given. These achievement test scores are used to compare our students’ progress with National norms.